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VIDA MTB Series Announces 2018 Schedule for Women's Skills Clinics

Jan 17, 2018
by VIDA MTB SERIES  

The Yeti Cycles VIDA MTB Series opens registration for their 2018 schedule of women’s mountain bike skills clinics and programming, thoughtfully crafted for women of all ages and abilities — to learn, grow and explore on their mountain bike in the heart of the Rocky Mountains.

2018 Clinic Schedule

• Sedona MTB Festival (1-day clinic) March 2
• Valmont Bike Park (1-day clinic) May 12
• Beti Bike Bash (1-day clinic) June 2
• Trestle Bike Park (2-day clinic) June 23-24
• Snowmass Bike Park (2-day clinic) August 4-5
• Durango and Purgatory Bike Park (2-day clinic) August 26-27
• Golden Giddyup (1-day clinic) September 15


“Going into our sixth year of producing women’s mountain bike skills clinics, we have watched the growth of women in mountain biking evolve from women entering the sport for the first time, to women seeking out experiences that expand upon their skillsets and new places to ride,” said Sarah Rawley, president of VIDA MTB Series. “Taking feedback from past clinic participants, we are excited for the season ahead that will not just inspire women, but forge new opportunities to broaden their experiences on and off the bike, and cultivate long-lasting, meaningful community connections.”

Photo Credit Natalie Starr
Photo Credit // Natalie Starr

With seven clinics on the docket— including a fresh venue and backcountry adventures— the VIDA MTB Series will additionally launch the From Rider to Racer Program presented by Wheat Ridge Cyclery this spring, support 30 Ambassadors and 40 Community Leaders, and host multiple group rides and dig nights in the Front Range of Colorado.

bigquotesOur Ambassadors are the heart of our community. Their genuine enthusiasm for getting more women on bikes creates a fun and supportive learning environment at our events and keeps women coming back for more.Rachel Gottfriend, VIDA MTB Series director of operations

Photo Credit Natalie Starr
Photo Credit // Natalie Starr

The VIDA MTB Series continues its four-year streak as the women’s hub of the Sedona MTB Festival in Sedona, Ariz., March 2-4, offering a one-day clinic on Saturday and additional activities throughout the festival weekend including yoga, tech talks and group rides, open to all festival attendees to join. A three-day festival pass is included in clinic registration— a $100 value.

Photo Credit Devon Balet Media
Photo Credit // Devon Balet Media

Local group rides and shop nights ramp up in March and April.

Photo Credit Lisa Seaman
Photo Credit // Lisa Seaman

VIDA’s next stop is in Boulder, Colo. on May 12. Valmont Bike Park has been a cornerstone to the VIDA clinic schedule, and this year will offer a one-day clinic in conjunction with the Sports Garage Front Range Demo Day. Participants will have access to the full gamut of vendors to test bikes and gear as they session features and tracks in a small-group format throughout the park.

Photo Credit Natalie Starr
Photo Credit // Natalie Starr

The 9th Annual Yeti Beti Bike Bash takes center stage a few weeks later, June 2-3, 2018, with VIDA hosting a one-day clinic on Saturday for women to learn fundamental skills and race strategy prior to race day.

Photo Credit Natalie Starr
Photo Credit Natalie Starr

Photo Credit Natalie Starr
Photo Credit // Natalie Starr

Early bird registration for both the Yeti Beti Bike Bash race and VIDA clinic is available through February 1, 2018.

VIDA changes gears as it heads into the high country for the remainder of its summer clinics. For the third year running, VIDA returns to Trestle Bike Park, June 23-24 and Snowmass Bike Park, August 4-5. Weekend clinics are filled with lift-accessed and trail riding all day long, on top of healthy meals, yoga, tech talks, and happy hour socializing.

Photo Credit VIDA MTB Series
Photo Credit // VIDA MTB Series

Photo Credit Natalie Starr
Photo Credit // Natalie Starr
Photo Credit Lisa Seaman
Photo Credit // Lisa Seaman

VIDA will partner with Big Mountain Enduro for their season finale in Snowmass, Colo. to culminate the From Rider to Racer Program presented by Wheat Ridge Cyclery. Women will have the opportunity to sign up for a stock two-day clinic or one-day clinic/one-day race experience. The program will officially launch March 2018.

Photo Credit Natalie Starr
Photo Credit // Natalie Starr

“With our ever-evolving position in the women’s market, we are excited to return as title sponsor of the VIDA MTB Series,” said Janette Sherman, Yeti Cycles marketing manager. “Programs like From Rider to Racer, VIDA Ambassadors, and going above and beyond with clinics, group rides and local events, aligns with Yeti’s commitment to racing and community.”

Under the banner of VIDA Adventures which started in 2015, VIDA will offer a weekend clinic at Purgatory Resort outside of Durango, Colo., August 25-26, with the option to add-on two additional days riding in the surrounding backcountry.

Photo Credit Re Wikstrom
Photo Credit // Re Wikstrom

Furthermore, VIDA is collaborating with EveryPedal MTB, a local mountain bike instruction/adventure program based out of Durango, Colo. to unite programming for girls, ages 8-14 to the weekend event.

Photo Credit Nate Hills
Photo Credit // Nate Hills
Photo Credit Tiny Ooley
Photo Credit // EveryPedal MTB

The seventh and final clinic of the season will circle VIDA back home to the Golden Giddyup, a community-sponsored bike event based out of Golden, Colo. VIDA will host a one-day clinic with $15 from each clinic registration going directly back into the trail stewardship program.

Photo Credit Natalie Starr
Photo Credit // Natalie Starr

Yeti Cycles returns as the title sponsor of the VIDA MTB Series, with opportunities to demo the Yeti Beti line of bikes at VIDA events, along with new sponsors Ergon Bike, Vittoria Tires and Noosa Yoghurt. Returning sponsors include Smith Optics, Stan's NoTubes, Skratch Labs and Wild Balance Jewelry.

"On behalf of Ergon Bike, we are thrilled to be aligning with the VIDA MTB Series. VIDA’s inspiring mission of proper riding instruction and of toppling the barriers of female participation are all efforts we feel should be happening industry wide,” said Karen Jarchow, Ergon Bike US Assistant Marketing Director. “We strongly believe this relationship will only make new riders embrace the sport with greater enjoyment and more long-lasting enthusiasm."

Photo Credit Natalie Starr
Photo Credit // Natalie Starr

Ergon Bike, VIDA and Sports Garage Cycling team up for the Ergon Women’s Saddle Demo and Product Launch on Thursday, January 25, including cocktail hour, hosted by Sports Garage Cycling, tech talk with Jarchow, professional athlete at Team Topeak-Ergon, saddle demo stations with Feedback Sports and Yeti Beti bikes, and saddle fitting consultations. Learn more and register for this event here.

Registration is open for all events at vidamtb.com. If you are interested in applying to coach for the VIDA MTB Series, email sarah@vidamtb.com.

ABOUT VIDA MTB Series — The VIDA MTB Series stems from 10 years of producing events that connect people through bikes and experiences. At VIDA, our mission is to foster a passion among women for mountain biking through the highest quality instruction, and to create a lifelong community of riders. We are focused on inspiring a movement that promotes cycling as a way of improving lives. We will achieve this by organizing events that communicate our philosophy and reflect our values, and thread together a network of ambassadors who share our passion on a deeper level in communities around the world.

Photo Credit Re Wikstrom
Photo Credit // Re Wikstrom



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6 Comments

  • 7 0
 You gals do such great work for all riders from beginners to #ladyshredders! Awesome!
  • 4 0
 Such a great series! Look forward to seeing everyone in Sedona in March!
  • 3 0
 Rock on! We're so excited to kick off the season at the Sedona MTB Festival!
  • 3 0
 The Golden Giddyup made it to pinkbike! Hot damn!
  • 3 0
 I think this is truly awesome and I hope it keeps growing!
  • 1 0
 Had a great time last fall in Moab and looking forward to the clinic next weekend in Sedona!

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